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Miami jazz series pays tribute to Pink Panther's Henry Mancini

Jazz vocalist Monica Mancini, daughter of the legendary composer Henry Mancini, performs Nov. 1 at "Pink Panther at 50," the kick-off of the new Jazz Roots series season in Miami
Jazz vocalist Monica Mancini, daughter of the legendary composer Henry Mancini, performs Nov. 1 at "Pink Panther at 50," the kick-off of the new Jazz Roots series season in Miami via Adrienne Arsht Center

Legendary composer Henry Mancini, whose music imbued a generation of top films and TV shows, will be the subject of a one-night tribute concert when the Jazz Roots series kicks off its new season with a program entitled "Pink Panther at 50 - Celebrating Henry Mancini."

The special concert Friday, Nov. 1 concert will celebrate the life and music of Mancini, whose Academy Award and Grammy-winning work included "The Pink Panther," "Peter Gun," "Days of Wine and Roses," "Charade," "Mr. Lucky," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and many more. The concert will be held in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The theme was taken from Mancini's famous score for the original "Pink Panther" movie, which opened in 1964.

"Our Jazz Roots season kicks off with another momentous night of jazz in the Knight Concert Hall as we celebrate the marvelous legacy of one of America's greatest composers - Henry Mancini,'" said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center.

The program will feature the composer's daughter, Grammy nominee Monica Mancini, who will perform selections from the family songbook. International superstar Jon Secada and Nicole Henry will be the guest soloists. After the concert, Henry will kick off an unprecedented month-long residency headlining Sunday jazz brunches at the iconic Blue Note jazz club in Manhattan in November.

Grammy winning saxophonist Tom Scott and Grammy nominated arranger and pianist Shelly Berg will also perform, along with Cyrille Aimee, who recently took top prize in the first-ever Sarah Vaughn International Vocal Competition.

The all-star roster will be backed by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, now in residence at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

The show kicks off the sixth season of Larry Rosen's celebrated "Jazz Roots" seven-concert series.

Tickets range from $25 to $150 and may be purchased through the Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online.

More info: Adrienne Arsht Center